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How can you invest in the global energy transition?

Energy transitions are long-term structural transformations in the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed. They are caused by new technologies, superior economics and changing social trends.

For example, in the 1800s, we burned wood for energy, then the shift to coal revolutionised the pre-war industrial period. The change in power generation facilitated the boom in railways and a wave of economic development followed.

The next shift started in the early 1900s with the discovery of oil. This transition not only had an impact on the energy system but also on the adoption of automobiles, transforming everyday lives.

The world’s third energy transition, from fossil fuels to renewables, has now begun. It is only going to accelerate from here as governments, consumers and investors recognise that switching to more sustainable energy is not only essential to stop climate change, but makes sound economic sense too.

Achieving this transition will require significant investment. Between now and 2050, it is estimated that $120 trillion will need to be invested. The entire value chain for how energy is generated, stored, distributed and used will need to be radically transformed.

This will result in unique investment opportunities across different industries and sectors, but traditional approaches to stock market investing will fail to reap the benefits.

The views and opinions contained herein are those of Schroders’ investment teams and/or Economics Group, and do not necessarily represent Schroder Investment Management North America Inc.’s house views. These views are subject to change. This information is intended to be for information purposes only and it is not intended as promotional material in any respect.

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